Here are a few interesting reads I’ve found between → Friday, July 4, 2014 to Thursday, July 17, 2014 ← that I think are worth reading. Enjoy… or not!!!
Trainspotting: My New Life Drawing Class | Link
Like the author, I spend a lot of time riding public transit while on my way to and from work. Unlike the author, I’ve never used my commute to commune with a sketchpad and record (interpret) the diversity of humanity riding the Metro. I read this article as an invitation to try incorporating sketching into my commute because I’m in agreement with the author. Too many people spend too much time on their phones. Does it matter that I can’t draw? Probably, but I don’t care. It’ll be a fun experiment to fill up a moleskin notebook with Metro-inspired stick(wo)man monstrosities!
Almost Half of The World Actually Prefers Instant Coffee | Link
Here’s an interesting article looking at coffee consumption around the world, and just as the graphs imply, like many Americans, I avoid instant coffee. But why, you ask? Because most of the instant coffee I’ve consumed tastes worse than something made from freshly ground whole beans. Also, I suspect many Americans like the social aspect of buying a cup of freshly ground brew at their favorite coffee spot.
Forget the Shortest Route Across a City; New Algorithm Finds the Most Beautiful | Link
A mix of algorithmic magic and crowdsourcing with an eye towards a common sense application, this article immediately forced me to consider other potential spin-offs. For example, a map that provides the the best route according to your health status (you could be sick, training for a marathon, sat in a chair all day, etc.), the most well-lit route, the least crowded route, the route best for Segway’s, or the route best for dog walking (i.e., there are trashcans for the dog poo, and dog parks).
Your Beer And Excise Taxes | Link
If you, like me, are a fan of beer, then you should consider reading this post. Don’t worry if you, like me, avoid a class of literature known as tax law (excise taxes, to be specific), because you’ll appreciate the way this tastefully brewed post explores the impact of excise taxes on one of your favorite gustatory hobbies. Prost!
Scientists Are Beginning to Figure Out Why Conservatives Are… Conservative | Link
This article is interesting because it introduces and discusses the results from a study (and the results from similar studies) that look at a little something something called “negativity bias”. In a nutshell, conservatives are physiologically more attuned to negative (threatening, disgusting) stimuli in their environment, and therefore act accordingly to mitigate any perceived threats or tingly feelings of disgust. Knowing this, political discussions at family holiday events… will probably be the same as they’ve always been.
Open Door User Testing | Link
As a curious person with many interests, I support this type of all-inclusive product exploration and development, as well as the team building inherent in the process.
Never Forgetting A Face | Link
As always, I’m concerned with the shifting intersection of cultural norms, privacy, and the quickening pace of technological development. I suspect that if this tech were to be widely adopted and heavily used by regular people (in addition to companies, government, and geeks), the legislative response would be reactionary. And not the good kind of reactionary. The kind of reactionary that motivates people and governments to avoid critical thought and compromise (and the accompanying gradual – productive and secure – shifting of norms) in favor of a bimodal partisan BS-curve.
In Fever Dreams Begin Irresponsibilities, Texas Edition | Link
If you’ve ever wondered what the Republican party of Texas is thinking, check out this article and… smile, cringe, or just follow the link provided to dig even deeper and… smile, cringe, or stoke the outrage of democracy.